Kentucky Tea Party groups are planning rallies Tuesday to protest the IRS targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups for extra review.
Two of Kentucky's largest Tea Party groups will protests outside IRS offices in their respective areas: the Northern Kentucky Tea Party will protest in Cincinnati and Louisville's group will join southern Indiana groups to protest in Louisville.
Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand says the protests show that Tea Party groups won't stand by quietly while the controversy unfolds.
"So this is our way of saying something needs to be done, there needs to be more action taken and that we refuse to be silenced," she says.
The Justice Department is opening an investigation into the IRS reviews.
As the scandal surrounding the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS continues, some Kentucky tea party activists are upset with Senator Mitch McConnell's role in the process—even as the state party is asking them to support him.
In Kentucky, only the statewide 9/12 project has come forward to acknowledge that they were targeted and that they were rejecting the IRS' apology on the matter.
But that hasn't stopped Kentucky politicians, including McConnell, from consistently pointing to the issue. He's demanded a full investigation into the matter.
The Republican Party of Kentucky is circulating a letter to back up McConnell on his efforts, asking tea party activists in Kentucky to sign it.
But Kentucky tea party activist David Adams called the attempts opportunistic.
The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting tax returns Jan. 30. The IRS had planned to open tax season on Jan. 22, but had to push back the date because of last-minute tax changes Congress made to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
Kentucky IRS spokesman Luis Garcia says the agency has had to re-program its computers and forms to reflect the late changes.
"A lot of work, but we want to make sure the filing season runs as smooth as possible," Garcia replies. The majority, 81% of people in Kentucky get a refund and we want to make sure that money gets sent as quickly as possible."
Despite the late start to tax season, the filing deadline remains April 15th. This isn't the first time the IRS has had to deal with late action by Congress. Two years ago, President Obama and lawmakers were at odds on many of the same issues. That delayed the opening of tax season to mid-February.
Two US Senators from Kentucky and two from Tennessee are among twelve GOP lawmakers who are questioning whether the Obama Administration is using the Internal Revenue Service to target Tea Party related non-profit organizations. The twelve members of the US Senate have sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.